Smart meter installs down 95 percent as non-essential visits halted

May 14, 2020

Due to social distancing measures to ensure the safety of households and field engineers, non-essential smart meter installations were heavily reduced from late March. As a result, April 2020 saw a decrease in smart meter installs of almost 95 percent compared to the same month in 2019.

There were fewer than 12,000 installations in April, all necessary events that would have needed justification such as restoring supply to a site or rectifying a fault. In comparison, April 2019 had 210,000 smart meter installations. April 2020’s figure is also 93 percent less than March 2020.

East England had the most installations with 1,300, followed by the West Midlands with 1,124 installs and North West England with 1,017. The cumulative number of installations since the programme began is just under 13.4mn.

Maps showing regions of UK with smart meter install figures

As lockdown measures are eased under the government’s direction, we are monitoring installation data to see if installations increase or are kept to a minimum.

In Q3 last year, BEIS announced the smart meter rollout deadline would be pushed back to 2024, and Ofgem has indicated it will review its planned works for 2020.

These insights were provided by ElectraLink’s Data Transfer Service Operations Team. For any questions on the information or data sources, please contact our helpdesk at helpdesk@electralink.co.uk or call 020 7432 3012 for any questions about our energy market data services.
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The analysis is based on the D0150 data flows transmitted across our network and we believe capture the vast majority of smart meter installations.

The users of the DTS have given ElectraLink permission to intercept and analyse this, and other data flows, subject to certain conditions.

Our analysis defines smart meters as those models with the capability to handle time of use tariffs and which can be remotely updated.

For installations after September 2013, we count all meters flagged as SMETS1, SMETS2 or non-SMETS. For installations before the industry standard designation was agreed, the allocation is based on the make and model of meter.

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